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Revelations over government electronic surveillance have widened to include several of the...

Revelations over government electronic surveillance have widened to include several of the country's largest technology companies under a program called PRISM. A National Security Agency document reportedly shows that it has "direct access" to the servers of Microsoft (MSFT), Yahoo (YHOO), Google (GOOG), Facebook (FB), Paltalk, AOL (AOL), Skype, YouTube and Apple (AAPL). While the NSA document says PRISM has the consent of these firms, those contacted denied any knowledge of the program. The question is whether the disclosures will cause a drop-off in user activity.
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  • Panoplos
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    Big Brother's watching, we watch him back. We see right through his disgui..i..i..i..i..i....
    7 Jun 2013, 04:07 AM Reply Like
  • timddeb
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    So putting anything on the cloud would compromise any legal/financial entities client relationship protocol
    7 Jun 2013, 05:41 AM Reply Like
  • bd4uandu
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    Seems the cloud makes it easier for them to snoop. The cloud became popular about the time they started. Coincidence?
    7 Jun 2013, 06:51 AM Reply Like
  • youngman442002
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    this should be good for the US Postal service..old school mail right??
    7 Jun 2013, 07:15 AM Reply Like
  • gwynfryn
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    That's good thinking, yo! But seriously, did any really doubt that the NSA had access?
    7 Jun 2013, 08:29 AM Reply Like
  • Ukaisofu
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    They have access but are incapable of reading it or knowing what 1 billion people are doing. It is hoopla to me.
    7 Jun 2013, 09:03 AM Reply Like
  • scott trader
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    If you have nothing to hide you should have nothing to worry about....
    7 Jun 2013, 09:21 AM Reply Like
  • sduris
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    Dude, it's more than that - this president said they would be transparent - Verizon for phone and now PRISM for Internet goes against that. It's a privacy matter. This is just scratching the surface. And I could care less if the tech giants are saying they aren't doing this or it is without their knowledge, it is happening. Scary times we are living in. Scary, indeed.
    7 Jun 2013, 04:54 PM Reply Like
  • elsrmp56
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    I agree with the above remark by Scott. If the government wants to know what I'm sharing or not sharing on any social media platforms, let them. I've got nothing to hide and especially anything illegal. Sure, in a perfect world, it might be somewhat of a concern but with all the terrorism, illegal drug activities, senseless gun slaughtering of our babies, and more, I have no problem with their access. IMHO
    7 Jun 2013, 09:50 AM Reply Like
  • bd4uandu
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    What about if they start using it for political purposes? Ala IRS? Okay with that too?
    7 Jun 2013, 10:19 AM Reply Like
  • mogwan
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    If you think an revelation like that will dissuade people from using internet activities and thus decrease overall time spent on line, I think you completely underestimate the real level of concern of the average American.
    With the Patriot Act and Homeland Security, the majority of U.S. citizens feel comfortable exchanging personal freedoms (guaranteed by the Bill of Rights) for the 'idea' of being protected.
    It is a sad state of affairs- but, unfortunately perhaps necessary in the not so 'kind and gentle' world the U.S.Gov't. has cultivated since the end of WWII.
    There's also some irony that these disclosures come on the anniversary of D-Day, when the Allied Forces began their major push to free Europe from an oppressive, intrusive regime that knew few constraints.
    7 Jun 2013, 09:10 AM Reply Like
  • taavisepp
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    Looking back at consumer habits changes over the past 20 years one trend sticks out - ability and willingness to share personal information online. Vast majority of people put convenience and vanity always before privacy. And as noted by scott trader - one shouldn't be too much bothered on the citizen level if one has nothing to hide. Those who want privacy have taken measures already.
    9 Jun 2013, 09:24 AM Reply Like
  • june1234
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    If they're listening in on my calls they must really have nothing to do
    7 Jun 2013, 09:40 AM Reply Like
  • scott trader
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    If they listen in on my calls they might learn something about fishing custom cars and bike riding...how's that for a reality show.
    8 Jun 2013, 10:55 AM Reply Like
  • gwynfryn
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    Fishing custom cars? Sounds like fun, but you must need a very strong rod for that?
    8 Jun 2013, 11:47 AM Reply Like
  • scott trader
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    I didn't vote for Obama either time hope he doesn't send the irs over to my house with ball peen hammers
    8 Jun 2013, 06:40 PM Reply Like
  • Kurt Windibank
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    No BlackBerry!!
    7 Jun 2013, 10:06 AM Reply Like
  • bd4uandu
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    They can't watch everyone at once but they pick and choose who to watch. Using keywords and various threads. Then out comes the proctoscope. Isn't there something about the IRS going on right now?
    7 Jun 2013, 10:53 AM Reply Like
  • elsrmp56
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    Why all this concern as this policy was initiated and in force since the Bush administration?
    7 Jun 2013, 01:24 PM Reply Like
  • scott trader
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    Hoover administration you mean...
    8 Jun 2013, 10:56 AM Reply Like
  • bd4uandu
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    New NSA facility ... http://read.bi/15TdpvW
    7 Jun 2013, 01:25 PM Reply Like
  • Silent Resistance
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    Thank you so much for the link. I appreciate it.
    10 Jun 2013, 09:54 AM Reply Like
  • Jack Baker
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    Scott Trader,

     

    That's not the point. America is "supposed" to be a free country. We have a little something called the the Constitution here which protects Americans rights to privacy. Perhaps you would be more comfortable living in China.
    9 Jun 2013, 11:18 AM Reply Like
  • scott trader
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    No I don't like smog........I hate bureaucracies that have to self perpetuate....In a way I wish the whole system would totally break down and have to be rebooted from 1776 ...the iris tax code is way too complicated flat tax would be a test of simplicity...kiss....
    As far as freedom goes well terrorists pretty much screw that up....we have to lock our doors at night while the criminals run around in the cloak of darkness....
    Immigration...hmm everyone wants to shut the door behind them..... My grandparents were all immigrants hardworking, chance takers. ...not a bunch of hustlers looking for a free ride.... Times have changed.....Ron Paul may be pretty extreme but imo Obama is just a puppet...I usually don't get iinvolved in political discussions......but when the popular vote doesn't decide who shall be our next president I get upset...
    9 Jun 2013, 12:57 PM Reply Like
  • gwynfryn
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    Why? The popular vote amounts to how much was spent on the campaign ads, so what was that you stated about "to self perpetuate"?
    12 Jun 2013, 08:21 AM Reply Like
  • chattyintrovert
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    I know this comment is a little late, but I just have to point out that BlackBerry is NOT on this list. Which is precisely why I switched from my HTC Android to a BlackBerry product this year.

     

    PRISM could prove to be a threshold moment in the smartphone industry. This may not have an effect on the American smartphone market, but globally you may find countries preferring to use other devices. Perhaps even start making their own just because it is more secure.

     

    The myth has always existed that Facebook was just a tool for the government... and now it looks to be true. Google is the company that worries me the most about personal information... they even own 23andMe which provides information about your personal genetic code. You may as well just call Google "Big Brother".
    13 Jun 2013, 01:25 AM Reply Like
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